Key Differences Between Personal Care, Memory Care, and Assisted Living

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Key Differences Between Personal Care, Memory Care, and Assisted Living

Perhaps you’ve woken up and realized that it’s time. Time to seek out options that better nurture your loved one’s physical, emotional, and cognitive health in the midst of cognitive decline. If that’s you, we’re here to help.

The Haven offers specialized Memory Care services in a warm and welcoming environment. One of the most common questions we answer is, “How is a Memory Care facility different than Assisted Living?” We hope this information helps you recognize similarities and differences and ultimately make an informed decision about the care of your loved one.

Living Spaces

Traditionally, assisted living residents to live in apartments or cottages equipped with bedroom(s), bathroom, living room, and kitchen and set up much like home. Contrarily, memory care residents often choose between private rooms or shared rooms and then share common spaces within their communities. Kitchenettes are less common as they pose safety risks and increase anxiety for residents experiencing cognitive decline.


Both assisted living and memory care communities offer 24/7 staffing. However, memory care employees receive specialized training to assist them in meeting the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of memory-impaired residents. These employees are focused primarily in the area of memory care, while assisted living employees may be trained in multiple areas and expected to care for residents in all stages of the aging process.


Both assisted living and memory care communities offer programming that includes activities designed to promote physical, social, and spiritual wellness among residents. While memory care residents may be able to participate in some assisted living activities, the activity calendar in a memory care community caters to these residents in particular, which means they can participate in any activity they choose. Additionally, activities are selected based on the most recent and relevant research in cognitive impairment to ensure they contribute to the well-being of the resident and assist with memory retention and preventing disease progression.


The most significant differences between assisted living and memory care communities are related to resident safety. Assisted living communities are designed for residents who are largely independent; that is, they can come and go safely, prepare and cook their own meals, and even manage their own medications if they choose. Contrarily, memory care communities are designed to keep memory-impaired residents safe. Locking up dangerous chemicals, providing safety mechanisms on stoves and ovens, and preventing unmonitored wandering are just a few of the ways that safety is maintained in these specially-designed communities.

Personal care

Both assisted living and memory care communities offer assistance with common activities of daily living, like oral cares, dressing, bathing, meal preparation, medication administration, and housekeeping. There are very few differences between the personal care services available in assisted living communities and those available in memory care communities.


Research has uncovered that certain colors, furniture placements, and layouts can alleviate anxiety and improve familiarity for residents suffering from memory impairment. Memory care communities base community design and layout on recent research to promote resident wellness and comfort. This is generally not the case for assisted living communities since most residents are relatively independent and the need isn’t as strong.

Overall, there are a number of similarities between assisted living and memory care communities, but a few differences that lead many families to choose specialized memory care facilities over assisted living to promote safety and wellness. To learn more about the Haven or to schedule a tour of our building and grounds, please visit us online, give us a call, or stop by today. We’re excited to learn more about how we can partner with you for your loved one’s care.

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living, August, 2019.

Plan Ahead to Get All The Information You Need

When it comes to choosing a retirement community, one of the most important steps is the community tour, which gives you the opportunity to interview each community you visit. Not only are you able to take a look around, meet your potential neighbors, and sample the cuisine, but it’s also common to interview key staff to learn more about the community before making a decision.

So which questions should you ask to make the most of your visit and make the most informed decision about your retirement? Here, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions prospective residents ask to help you get organized and prepared for your visit.

Questions about food

Most residents who visit bring great curiosity about dining options. Perhaps they love to cook but are looking forward to less pressure and less mess when they want to put their feet up. Or perhaps they’ve never enjoyed cooking and would love to hear that they never have to do it again. Here are some of the questions they’ve asked:

  • Is dining available in this community?
  • How many meals are offered per day? Are snacks offered?
  • Can I cook in my apartment if or when I choose to?
  • Is dining included in my rent or will I be charged extra? How much will it cost?
  • Can you accommodate the diet my doctor ordered?
  • Are there gluten-free and vegan options available?
  • Can I eat at the times I choose, even if they fall outside of traditional meal times?

Questions about lifestyle

One of the leading reasons prospective residents explore retirement living is to experience the retirement lifestyle: luxury, relaxation, friendships, and adventure. Here are some questions you might ask about a lifestyle:

  • What kind of events and activities can I do in my spare time?
  • Will I be pressured to attend events and activities if I prefer to spend my time alone or at home?
  • What amenities are available?
  • Can I have overnight visitors? Are there common spaces where I can host a dinner?
  • Which services are available on-site (pharmacy, salon, etc.)?
  • Are there any travel benefits available?
  • How does the community promote health and wellness?

Questions about cost

Of course, ensuring the community you choose is within your budget is a critical step in the selection process. These questions can help you make an informed decision and avoid surprises when it comes to budget.

  • What can I expect to pay for rent?
  • Is a deposit required?
  • Which services and amenities are not included in my rent, and how much will I pay for them?
  • What might cause my rent to increase?
  • What’s included in the cost of rent? Are utilities included?

Questions about care

Finally, prospective residents often share curiosity about changing needs in retirement. Here are some of their most common questions:

  • What if I don’t need help now but I do need help later, either short-term or long-term?
  • Can I bring my caregiver with me?
  • What if I don’t need help but my spouse does, or vice versa?
  • How much notice will I be given if I have to move out of the facility following a change in health status?

To close the interview, the most important question you can ask is, “Why should I choose this community?” This gives the staff an opportunity to tell you what sets them apart from the others you’re considering.

To learn more about Summerfield Estates Retirement Community or to get guidance while you evaluate retirement communities in Tigard, stop by or give us a call today. Our friendly staff are available to support you while you explore your options (and to welcome you if you choose us!).

Not All senior Living Communities are Created Equal

The Woods at Merrimack Retirement Community, located near the beautiful Merrimack Valley Golf Club, opens early in 2020 and boasts one of the most impressive senior living communities in the Methuen area. While many independent living communities use the term all-inclusive, the definition varies, leaving residents surprised to find what isn’t included in the cost of their rent.

Here’s what independent senior living in Methuen looks like when you choose The Woods at Merrimack.

  • Breathtaking outdoor spaces, including manicured courtyards, pickleball and bocce ball courts, verdant gardens, an open-air grill, dog park, fire pit, gazebo, and putting green. Because spending time in nature produces physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits, residents never pay above and beyond their rent to access any of the greenspaces at The Woods.
  • 24/7 dining experience, which includes access to gourmet food any time the craving strikes. Meals are prepared by an Executive Chef with years of experience in the kitchen, and dietary needs and preferences are always accommodated.
  • Concierge services for the most luxurious retirement experience possible. Our friendly and courteous concierges are experts in local culture and services, ensuring you have an informed recommendation whether you need a restaurant suggestion or a good manicure.
  • Complimentary local transportation gets you from here to there and never costs extra. Whether you have an appointment with primary care or want to do a little shopping, you can ride with us at no extra charge.
  • Things to do. A busy activity calendar accommodates introverts and extroverts alike! Fitness classes, board games, sports activities, trivia, and a wide variety of entertainment including live music and movies in the on-site theater give you a plethora of options, all included in your monthly rent.
  • Weekly housekeeping services are included in your monthly rent to keep your home tidy and keep the luxury in retirement. You can do the tasks you love to do or lean or us – it’s up to you!
  • Access to on-site amenities, like the library, gym, hair salon, and computer center. You can always utilize these areas of the community at no extra cost – and you don’t even have to brave the heat or the cold to do it!
  • On-call maintenance to give you peace of mind when things don’t go as planned. When you live at home, a fridge that stops running or a furnace that’s out of commission can cost you a lot of money – and a big headache. When you choose all-inclusive retirement living in Methuen, the only thing you have to do is let us know, and then sit back and relax while our team of professionals takes care of it.
  • Our unique Travel Program, which allows you free lodging, meals, and activities at any of our 30+ sister communities located in some of the United States’ most beautiful cities. Many residents take advantage of the program to see new places or visit old friends on us. Simply pay for your travel and incidentals and you’re able to enjoy an adventure in your retirement!

To learn more about independent senior living in Methuen or claim your apartment when we open in early 2020 (hurry, apartments are filling quickly!), give us a call at 978-212-9942 today. We can’t wait to meet you!

Residents Enjoy Outdoor Pools and More

Seniors face a number of barriers when it comes to their health and wellness: achy joints, poor mobility, and imbalance make it challenging to do many of the workouts they did in their younger years. Lack of access to expert advice, gym equipment, and even outdoor areas brings another complication, and for those experiencing cognitive decline, confusion and short-term memory problems add to the challenge. And ironically, health and wellness become more important than ever before during these years.

For all of these reasons, we’ve designed the programming at The Gardens at Brook Ridge around the health and wellness needs of our residents. Every aspect of their experience here is intentional, backed by research, and focused on affordability and feasibility for residents in all stages of the aging process. Here are just a few of the ways we promote better health at The Gardens.

Inspiring Outdoor Spaces

Research shows that being outside transforms our physical, emotional, and spiritual health: it improves short-term memory, reduces stress, decreases inflammation, eliminates fatigue, fights anxiety and depression, protects vision, improves focus, lowers blood pressure, stimulates creativity, reduces risk of cancer, and supercharges the immune system. The Gardens at Brook Ridge incorporates a beautiful outdoor pool, babbling fountains, walking paths, and breathtaking gardens to encourage residents to spend time outside and reap the health and wellness rewards that come with it.

On-Site Gym

One of the barriers to maintaining strength and mobility in later years is the lack of access to safe equipment. The Gardens at Brook Ridge offers an on-site fitness center featuring the most recommended equipment for seniors, making it convenient to get in a quick workout. Additionally, many residents utilize their gym time to get together with friends and neighbors, promoting social wellness at the same time.

Fitness Classes

Another common barrier for seniors is simply not knowing where to start. Many of our residents have spent their lives caring for others and had little time to care for themselves, leaving them unsure of how to stretch and strengthen safely and effectively. Group walks and group fitness classes help bridge this gap by providing residents with the guidance and support they need to improve their strength and range of motion in and out of the gym.


Our robust activity schedule includes weekly sports opportunities for residents. These sports are designed specifically for seniors, taking into consideration the limitations that reduced mobility or cognitive decline bring to the table and ensuring everybody is able to participate if they choose. While residents are able to choose which activities they participate in, we find that participation in our Wednesday-night sports is always great. Residents enjoy socializing, competing, laughing, and getting active before supper.

Outdoor Pool

Swimming pools can take a load of aching joints and make exercise feel like self-care. The Gardens at Brook Ridge is one of the only communities in the Pharr, Texas, an area offering a luxurious outdoor pool to promote physical and social wellness. Those who want to soak up the sun can do so in the sparkling outdoor pool.

To learn more, give us a call at 956-606-4919 today. We can’t wait to show you around!

Recognizing Cognitive Decline in Your Friend or Family Member

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia, affecting 5.7 million Americans today and as many as 14 million by 2050. The onset of Alzheimer’s disease is gradual, making it difficult to differentiate between the normal aging process and the disease process. We hope this information helps you monitor your loved one, work closely with his or her primary care provider, and ensure safety and enrichment despite cognitive changes.

Early or Mild Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is generally broken into three stages: mild (early), moderate, and severe (late). During the early stages of Alzheimer’s, symptoms are subtle: perhaps your loved one will demonstrate forgetfulness, asking the same question multiple times, or repeating the same story. He or she might begin losing things more often and might take longer to complete activities of daily living, like dressing, brushing their teeth, and bathing. Other common symptoms of early-stage Alzheimer’s include poor judgment (and subsequently questionable decision-making), difficulty paying bills, wandering, getting lost, anxiety, aggression, and mood changes. If you suspect your loved one may be developing Alzheimer’s disease, consult with his or her primary care provider as early as possible. Medications and lifestyle changes can help slow progression and keep your loved one safe and engaged during this stage.

Moderate Alzheimer’s

When your loved one begins to exhibit the signs of moderate Alzheimer’s, supervision and daily assistance become more necessary. It is during early and moderate Alzheimer’s that most residents enter memory care communities like Heritage Point, where their surroundings are safe and activities are customized for their needs. Signs of Alzheimer’s during this stage include:

  • confusion and memory loss that interfere with daily life
  • changes in speech, writing, reading, and math skills
  • distraction; inability to focus for long periods of time
  • difficulty organization thoughts and sentences
  • new behaviors: angry outbursts, vulgar language, impulsiveness, or agitation
  • inability to retain new information or learn new things
  • wandering and getting lost
  • difficulty recognizing family members and friends
  • inability to complete daily tasks correctly: dressing, bathing, brushing teeth, cooking
  • paranoia, delusions, or hallucinations

You may also begin to see some repetitive movements and muscle twitches during moderate Alzheimer’s. If you believe your loved one has entered the moderate stage of Alzheimer’s, consult with their primary care provider to ensure you have the resources you need to support their daily safety and enrichment. Many family members seek help from Heritage Point when 24/7 supervision becomes necessary. Remember, you need time to grieve. The progression of Alzheimer’s disease can cause tremendous pain and loss for those affected, so self-care is critical during this stage.

Late Alzheimer’s

During the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease, the body begins to shut down. Your loved one will most likely become totally dependent on others; that is, somebody will need to perform activities of daily living for them. During this stage, the ability to communicate is lost; decreased appetite and difficulty swallowing lead to unintentional weight loss, and control of the bowel and bladder is lost. Because of these changes, your loved one is at increased risk of other problems like pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and skin sores.

To learn more about the progression of Alzheimer’s disease or explore Mishawaka senior homes, visit us at Heritage Point today. We’re here for you!

Moon Landing Anniversary Stirs Celebrations, Brings Back Fond Memories

Have you been enjoying the full moon this week? It’s as if the big white orb in the sky is saying, “Hey Earth, what’s going on? You haven’t visited for a while. Why not come up and see me sometime?”

Or maybe it’s just trying to shine its brightest in time for the event that the entire country has been “abuzz” about all month. In case you’ve been on another planet the past few weeks, we’re talking about the 50th anniversary of the voyage of Apollo 11, which sent astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins on America’s first truly close encounter with the moon back in July of 1969.

Five decades later, countless Sunshine residents can remember exactly where they were when Armstrong and Aldrin made history by becoming the first human beings to moonwalk, long before Michael Jackson figured how to do it. Many Sunshine communities are commemorating the anniversary of the event with out-of-this-world celebrations. But before we peruse some of the festivities, let’s explore some important (and not-so-important) facts about the event.

  • Apollo 11 launched at 9:32 am EDT on July 16, 1969, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, named, of course, for President John F. Kennedy, who in 1961 implored NASA to achieve the goal of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth” before the end of the decade. Apollo 11 did just that
  • After traveling nearly half a million miles from earth. The Lunar Excursion Module (“Eagle”) landed at 4:18 pm on July 20
  • Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours and 36 minutes on the surface of the moon, planting the American flag, collecting rocks and taking photos. Poor astronaut Collins had to stay back in the Command Module (“Columbia”) which made it possible for the intrepid spacemen to return home
  • The astronauts brought back 40 pounds of rocks and captured more than 300 color and black & white photos using Hasselblad 70 mm cameras
  • Aldrin played Frank Sinatra’s recording of “Fly Me to the Moon” while exploring the lunar surface. (Quick! How many other songs about the moon can you name without asking Google? From Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” to Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” there are literally hundreds of them.)
  • Aldrin and Armstrong took a long-distance call from then-President Richard Nixon, who claimed it as “the most historic phone call ever made from the White House.”
  • It’s estimated that between 500-600 million people – 1/5 of the world’s population – watched the moonwalk on TV or followed along on the radio.

Numerous Sunshine residents have vivid memories of witnessing the event and being inspired by the lunar mission. Here are a few of our favorites.

Donna Shepherd of Country Club Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas:

“I was in Junior High and we were in the auditorium watching it on a black & white TV. We heard Neil Armstrong say, ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Joyce Houghman from Creekside Oaks in Folsom, California:

“I was traveling and had stopped to visit with a former co-worker in Cheyenne, Wyoming. When Chet Huntley and David Brinkley covered the news on television, you could hear people actually cheering – the sounds reverberated throughout the town.”

Jack Cooper from Creekside Oaks :

“I worked in a Las Vegas casino at the time. When I got to work I went to the break room to watch TV before I was due on my shift. The moonwalk was just ready to begin and I couldn’t tear myself away, so I stayed and watched through the whole thing. I always loved astronomy and was so excited about the concept of humans reaching another planet. When it was over, I went upstairs expecting to be fired. But when the boss asked me where I was, and I told him I couldn’t miss the moonwalk, he just said, ‘Okay.’”

Robert Peckham of The Clairmont in Austin, Texas:

“1969 was memorable because I was a shift supervisor at the Mars Tracking Station in Goldstone, California when they landed. All of the pictures and video from the moon came through our antenna. I am very proud to have been a part of that spectacular day. The space race during the ‘60s in terms of staying ahead of the Russians and coming together as a county at the end of a very turbulent decade was very important to the prestige of the U.S. among the nations of the world.”

Ray Luttrel of Dunwoody Pines in Dunwoody, Georgia:

“It meant a lot to me because if it wasn’t a success, I wasn’t a success. I worked with the Apollo Space program for six years between October 1965 to August 1971…I remember the uncrewed testings for the Apollo rockets, and how the ship weighed 6 1/2 million pounds. I won a certificate for my service on the Apollo 11 and a pendant. Landing first meant we could learn so much and be ahead of the technological curve. It would help with discovering new inventions.”

Both Bob Peckham and Ray Luttrel will be giving presentations to their fellow residents at their respective communities. And Ashley Hurd, Life Enhancement Director (LED) at Dunwoody Pines will add to the experience by helping the residents make Moon Rocks.

Dunwoody Pines and several other communities will be showing the movie “Apollo 11.” The Verandah in Lake Charles, Louisiana has been having lunar activities all week, including a slide show adventure through the Solar System, a discussion on the phases of the moon, a freeze-dried ice cream social and a “Fly Me to the Moon” Party. And of course, The Clairmont in Austin has gotten into the act as well.

“We’ve compiled a commemorative document highlighting memories from several residents,” said Tina Bertelle, LED at The Clairmont. “We will also have a special ‘Space Snactivity’with Silverado Hospice bringing astronaut dehydrated space snacks that the residents will try to identify.”

After all the fun and games and education, where do we go from here? Not surprisingly, the vast majority of Sunshine residents hope that the U.S. pushed forward with its space exploration.

“NASA was a huge accomplishment for everyone and I would like to see them continue their mission to explore outer space,” noted James Mitchum, a resident at The Clairmont. “I believe we will find life or create a community on Mars someday.”

But why stop there?

“I always wanted to visit Jupiter,” said Ellen Lewis of Dunwoody Pines .

Count us in for the 50th anniversary of that event!

This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living,July, 2019. Some content was provided by Parade.com/Apollo.

The most common differences between natural aging and Alzheimer’s disease

As your loved one ages, it’s common to notice some changes in memory and cognitive function; perhaps they struggle to recall the name of a grandchild or miss an eye appointment. But how do you know whether these changes are part of the normal aging process or an indication of something more serious, like Alzheimer’s disease?

Here, our experts answer some of the most common questions they receive about the differences between aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

Q: My mom seems to be getting more forgetful. Is this common or should I be concerned about Alzheimer’s dementia?

A: Forgetfulness often increases with age and can be very normal. Forgetting an appointment, for example, is a sign of normal aging, while forgetting how to get to the clinic or back home afterward could be a warning signal of something more serious. If you notice your mom is struggling to remember the events of last week or yesterday, doesn’t recognize close loved ones, or struggles with daily tasks like cooking or getting home from the store, seek guidance from her primary care provider. These can be signs of Alzheimer’s.

Q: I’m the primary caregiver for my uncle, and lately his behavior has changed. He often says inappropriate things and sometimes becomes combative. Is this a normal part of aging?

A: When we see somebody, who is normally mild-mannered display combative and inappropriate behaviors, we worry that something more serious is going on. In some cases, the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s – but don’t jump to conclusions. Sometimes the diagnosis is simply a urinary tract infection, which can cause behavior changes in older patients. Seeing a doctor is critical if you notice behavioral or personality changes in your loved one. Please note that caring for a loved with dementia can be very challenging, so be sure to care for yourself while you seek the treatment he needs.

Q: My dad has really withdrawn lately. He spends a lot of time alone and doesn’t engage much when I stop by. Is this a sign of dementia?

A: Many aspects of aging can contribute to sadness, withdrawal, fatigue, and disengagement. Loss of a spouse, living alone, poor nutrition, and decline in health can all increase the risk of depression. However, the signs and symptoms of depression sometimes closely mimic the signs of Alzheimer’s, so it’s important to share your concerns with a doctor to ensure your dad receives the right treatment.

Q: It seems like my mom’s physical health is declining all at once. Is it possible this is Alzheimer’s disease?

A: While early and moderate dementia produce primarily mental and emotional changes, the body shuts down when disease reaches late stage. Symptoms of moderate to severe or late-stage dementia include incontinence, loss of speech, seizures, loss of muscle control, and difficulty swallowing, among others. However, most people progress through the disease over a long period of time, so it’s unlikely that you would see physical decline first. What you describe could be caused by something else; schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor to find out for sure.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease or memory care services in the Reno area, visit our team at Stone Valley Retirement Living on Stone Valley Drive today. We’re here to help you navigate these complex and challenging years.

Windsor Heights offers cutting-edge memory care programs

The team at Windsor Heights in Beachwood sets the bar high when it comes to memory care. Specifically, it is their life’s work to ensure that those with dementia are afforded the same compassionate, luxurious retirement experience as their peers. Here’s how they do it.

First, because moving can be traumatic on those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, the community offers a multi-level care structure that promotes seamless transition between levels of care. This gives residents the opportunity to stay in the community – alongside familiar, trusted caregivers – despite changes in their physical or cognitive ability, promoting a sense of safety and security and avoiding disruption in their lives.

Apartments and common areas are designed according to Circadian Rhythm concepts, using lighting, furnishings, and decor to promote familiarity, comfort, and calmness. Although the science behind it is complex, the result is really quite simple: residents feel at home at Windsor Heights. It is our hope that when they step into our community – and especially into their suite – that they feel the same warmth and comfort they felt at home.

Staff receive specialized training, empowering them to cater their interactions to the needs of the memory-impaired residents by incorporating gentle touch and positive reassurances into every encounter. The person-centered programming extends to outdoor areas, which are secure and monitored to give residents the opportunity to explore independently if they’d like. By offering secure outdoor areas, residents never have to wait for scheduled outdoor time to enjoy the smell of fresh air or the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze. As a secondary benefit, residents remain active – which comes with a myriad of additional advantages.
Because evidence shows that participation in purposeful daily living activities can give memory care residents a sense of purpose, life skill stations replicate the chores that many of our residents remember fondly – folding towels, baking cookies, and gardening are just a few examples. The life enrichment program, offered above and beyond life skill stations, gives residents the opportunity to participate in intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual activities throughout the day. Residents choose the activities that speak to their interests and no resident is ever turned away; in fact, the schedule is designed specifically for those with memory impairment.

Finally, Windsor Heights incorporates memory care into every detail down to the nourishment your loved one receives in their care. Working within the recommendations of Rush University Medical Center and the MIND Diet, the executive chef and his culinary team provide meals and snacks designed to reduce the risk of develop Alzheimer’s by up to 53% and help those who already have the disease maintain cognitive function longer.

To learn more about memory care or schedule a tour of the luxurious Windsor Heights community, visit us online or give us a call. Our friendly staff are standing by and look forward to meeting you and learning more about your needs.

Memory Care Residents at Higher Risk of Heat Injuries

The sun burns a little hotter in Tucson than it does in most places, which means enjoying the summer sun requires a little more planning for us than it does for other folks. Here’s how we’ve been beating the heat this summer while still enjoying time outdoors.

#1 – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Residents who are memory-impaired are at highest risk of dehydration, so staff make a concentrated effort to encourage fluid intake when it’s hot outside. One of the most effective strategies we use is offering a drink with every single encounter; we find when we offer, they often accept our invitation and enjoy a cold drink of water. We also replenish ice often to keep their water cold and palatable and offer fun, creative drinks from time to time to make hydration exciting.

#2 – Enjoy the outdoors after sundown

When it’s too hot to sit on the lanai during the day, we plan our outdoor activities around the heat. For example, an evening game of bean bag toss or some early morning birdwatching might be on the agenda instead of mid-afternoon gardening. This strategy keeps us from spending summer months cooped up inside, missing out on all the benefits nature has to offer.

#3 – Let residents choose their comfort zone

If you’ve ever shared an office, you know that “room temperature” means a little something different to everybody. Individually-controlled suites ensure that every resident can enjoy air conditioning and choose their own just-right temperature. We gauge comfort often by asking questions like, “Are you warm enough?” or “Would you like it a little cooler in here?” and then respond accordingly by adjusting the thermostat, grabbing a warm blanket, or hanging up the cardigan for a while.

#4 – Use the excuse for a sweet treat

Sweet treats are the stuff of summer and cold sweet treats can not only be reminiscent of childhood but also help residents stay cool and hydrated. We might hail an ice cream truck or order sweet treats in advance to help residents cool down and celebrate the heat the summer.

#5 – Prevent sun burn

Sun burn is a top concern during the summer months in Tucson, so we make a focused effort to protect our residents’ skin while they enjoy the outdoors. We encourage hat and sunscreen use (and help residents apply it), offered covered spaces for outdoor relaxation, and remind residents to don their sunglasses and protect their eyes. Residents are monitored for safety when outdoors, so staff intervene if they notice any safety concerns.

Memory impairment can make Tucson summer dangerous. By choosing a community designed especially for residents who at risk due to memory impairment, you provide your loved with an opportunity to enjoy retirement the way they always wanted to without risking safety and security.

To learn more about Copper Canyon, our Tucson Memory Care community, stop by today. We’d love to schedule time to show you around, introduce you to our residents, and give you a taste of our gourmet menu.

North Shore residents gain access to unprecedented retirement living

If you’ve been looking for modern, luxurious retirement in the beautiful setting of Boston’s North Shore, The Woods at Merrimack is answering the call in Fall 2019. Bringing together the most innovative amenities in the retirement living industry, this retirement community truly has it all and is offering it up to you in just a few short months. Here’s what you can expect.


Ample parking ensures you can bring your own vehicle without risking street parking and keep your commute from car to door short. Luxurious grounds including a putting green, dog park, bocce ball court, gazebo, grill area, pickleball court, and vibrant gardensto encourage an active lifestyle and provide ample opportunity to enjoy the benefits of nature without ever leaving home.The brand-new community is nestled in the grounds, featuring grand, traditional style and leveraging the views of scenic North Shore.


The moment you enter, you’ll recognize that The Woods at Merrimack brings a new standard of retirement living to the Methuen area. High ceilings, refreshing daylight, upscale finishes, and breathtaking views are just a few of the highlights (we’d like to save a little of the surprise for your visit!). Because retirement should be all about you, residents are never charged an additional fee to enjoy the common spaces: state-of-the-art movie theater, library, gathering rooms, gym, and more. Three unique floor plans are available, allowing prospective residents to choose the apartment that best suits their needs.


The Woods at Merrimack offers a myriad of amenities, including:

  • Concierge services to assist you in finding the local services you need
  • Easy-Move Program to coordinate moving services, easing the burden of relocation
  • 24/7 dining options with meals prepared by an executive gourmet chef
  • Free transportation to local appointments, shops, and events
  • A busy activity calendar that speaks to both introverts and extroverts alike
  • Pet-friendly suites and outdoor spaces to welcome your cat or dog
  • An on-site hair salon so you can get the services you need without leaving home
  • Predictable monthly rent that includes the cost of utilities (except your personal phone) so you can budget without surprises
  • Access to their travel program, which provides you with lodging, meals, and activities in nearly 30 sister communities in beautiful US destinations
  • 24/7 staffing so you feel safe and secure
  • Weekly housekeeping services
  • Apartment maintenance whenever you need it

The Woods at Merrimack aims to bring you the retirement you’ve earned and you deserve by offering luxurious green spaces, welcoming interiors, and all of the amenities you need to sit back, relax, and enjoy your retirement the way you envisioned it all these years. Whether that includes making new friends and experiencing new adventures or simply taking a load off and enjoying the views, The Woods at Merrimack can provide it.

To learn more about the new standard of retirement living that the Woods at Merrimack will bring to the Methuen area, call 864-256-4929 today. We can’t wait to show you the building and grounds and dream of retirement alongside you!